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Pop Culture Lens on Akira

In the twenty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, Charley Reed, to discuss one of the most influential anime feature films of all time, Akira (1988). Charley is a tremendous fan of the anime and manga, as is Chris, and we wanted to talk bout the film and it’s impact on global pop culture in … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on Akira

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Convergent Wrestling: Call for Chapters

Official Call for Chapter Proposals Title: Colliding Inside the Squared Circle: The Convergent Nature of Professional Wrestling Editors: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican University) & Christopher J. Olson (Dominican University) Purpose: The concept of convergence represents one of the most pervasive buzzwords in media studies, but with good reason. In essence, convergence concerns how the boundaries between different technologies, practices, and ideas blur together to create … Continue reading Convergent Wrestling: Call for Chapters

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Pop Culture Lens: Dungeons and Dragons

In the twenty-fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast, psychologist in training, and long-time gamer Steve Discont to discuss the classic table-top role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. In this episode, we each recall our experiences with role-playing games, from Dungeons and Dragons to MMORPGs and LARPing. The conversation focuses on the … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens: Dungeons and Dragons

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Pop Culture Lens on They Live

In the twenty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I welcome back friend of the podcast Joe Belfeuil to discuss John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live and how the film seems as relevant if not more now. The short story the film is based on can be found on this website. In this episode, the conversation focuses on the allegorical nature … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on They Live

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Cross-Gender Fandom

We understand a fan to be someone who’s affection for a media product to be above and beyond that of the rest of the audience (Jensen, 1992a, b). This affection involves higher and more various ways of engaging with the media product than others would exhibit. A common question in fan studies asks if this affection is different between fangirls and fanboys – or, when … Continue reading Cross-Gender Fandom

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On the Issues of Disagreement Becoming Censorship

The conversation I had one night and into the next morning with the GamerGate supporter (i.e. a ProGGer) was long. It started off with my comments on Twitter about the need to not censor texts and instead use them to create dialogue. But the problem is that people too often don’t want to talk about things they disagree with, and thus would rather censor a … Continue reading On the Issues of Disagreement Becoming Censorship

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Banning Smartphones and Laptops in Classrooms

Much has been said lately about whether or not to ban all mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, laptops) from the classroom and require students to use the more traditional pen and paper to take notes during class time. The basic logic of this class management approach is that students will become easily distracted by their devices and will do things on them that do not … Continue reading Banning Smartphones and Laptops in Classrooms